After more than six months of buying trips, tastings and blending sessions, July is one of the most exciting times of the year because our new wines start to arrive. Some of these wines were only being conceived when the bunches were ripeningon the vines last autumn and some were planned over a year ago. To see them finally arrive on Irish shores, often for the first timecreatesa real buzz in our shops. As we all settle into the rhythm of summer Its really worth seeking out the fruitsof our labour - here are a few of my personal favourites.
This is a fantatsiclittle wine from a long established Loire based family wine business focused on making honest wines that reflect their terroir. It’s perfect summer drinking – bright lifted herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc aromas on the nose with a crisp clean zingy palate. Served on a sunny evening in thegarden with shellfish, seafood or grilled goats cheese you could almost imagine you are in the Loire Valley.
It is absolutely no coincidence that this is the most trendy white wine style in the bars and cafes of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. Aromas of fresh greengage fruit, coupled with apricots and peaches onthe palate offer a pleasing combination - this is all perfectly balanced bya refreshing lingeringmineral finish. Try withany type of tapas throughout thesummer months.
The beautiful “Luna” is a joint winemaking project between ourselves and the hugely talented Michel Escande of Borie de Maurel in the Languedoc. The wine is aSyrah Mouvedre blend made from organicallygrown grapes.It offers the ripe supple bramble fruit flavours characteristic of the region but itsunique elegance and purity is derived fromhigh altitude vineyards and Michelsdefining touch.
Ars Nova or new Art is the flag ship wine of the Tandem Project in the Navarra,Brainchild of Jose Marie Fraile and winemaker Alicia Eyaralar, the philosophyis totally focused on small vineyard plots, careful fruit selection and non interventionist winemaking practices. The result is thisdelicious silkysmooth Tempranillo that offers multilayered elements of red berry fruits, spice and savory complexity. It has enoughstructure to cope withhard cheese, lamb, barbeque steaks, chops, sausages you name it – it’s a treat
The sundrenched Stellenbosch ripened thesePinotage grapesto perfection. This rose isan unashamed strong vibrant pink with buckets of lucious ripe summer fruit pudding andis balanced by a slightlysavoury finish.It goes with anything and is an ideal match forsalads, cheese, pasta,chicken and salmon steakshot off the barbeque. Just fill your ice bucket, sit in thegarden sipping this wine and contemplate the meaning of life.